Florida Attorney General

Democratic voters will pick from three candidates running in the August primary, with the winner to challenge incumbent Republican Ashley Moody in the general election in November.

News4Jax sent a questionnaire to each candidate asking about their background and their views on several issues. Scroll down to read the responses of those seeking your vote in their own words.

Note: Responses are sorted alphabetically by party and are published exactly as submitted, with no editing by News4Jax staff.

  DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES
Aramis Ayala

Aramis Ayala

Occupation: Attorney & Professor

Age: 47

Your family: Married to David Ayala. We have 2 daughters Aliyah and Alanah

Education: Bachelor of Arts 1997 University of Michigan, Juris Doctor 2001 University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law, Master of Science 2009 University of Central Florida

Political experience: Elected in 2016 and became the first Black State Attorney in Florida and the first woman in the 9th Circuit. I served a 4-year term. I did not seek re-election.

We asked our most-loyal viewers (News4Jax Insiders) what three issues they would most like candidates to address:

Viewers’ No. 1 issue: The economy

Negative impacts on our economy threaten our democracy. I will fight for consumer protections, investigate fraudulent activities of insurance companies, and corporate practices that have contributed to the housing crisis.

I will investigate corporations for abuse, block mergers that threaten our market and fight against the corporate powers that impact the economy for every day people- often leaving fewer opportunities for small businesses to thrive. I will file appropriate lawsuits and even review corporate charters when their predatory behavior threatens the public.

Finally, the Attorney General plays a significant role in enforcing and protecting workers’ rights, so I will have a unit in the office dedicated to workers, rights.

I will work to build an economy that works for all Floridians.

Viewers’ No. 2 issue: Voter rights/election integrity

As Attorney General my goal will be two-fold- to deter discrimination and election fraud, and to support the local prosecution of those who violate election laws.

The civil rights unit of the Office of Attorney General has been decimated. I am committed to restoring and expanding the civil rights unit to protect the voting rights of Floridians.

We will work throughout the year to ensure access to the polls and be available for complaints on Election Day.

We will fight to protect election integrity by focusing on all criminal violations such as voter intimidation, destruction of valid ballots, malfeasance, ballot boxes disappearing and voter fraud. We will not support or engage in conduct that aims to suppress voter turnout. We will do all that we can ensure eligible voters can vote and their votes are counted.

Viewers’ No. 3 issue: Gun rights/gun safety

In order to prevent gun violence and increase public safety I will acknowledge gun violence as a PREVENTABLE public health & safety crisis.

I will fight to reverse the Dickey Amendment which limits federal funding for research related to gun violence and invest research in Florida. After multiple masa shootings we cannot ignore the threat that looms. I will increase public education about the connection between domestic violence and mass shootings and support trauma related responses to heal our communities.

As Attorneys General I will work with federal law enforcement to enforce the Lautenberg Act which prohibits those convicted of domestic violence from possessing fire arms. I will also support community-based programs like Cease Fire. I would fight to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and increase oversight of gun licensing and sales. Finally, I would fight to reverse the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act so that gun manufacturers and dealers can be held liable.

News4Jax asked each candidate three additional questions to help voters determine which most agrees with their views:

What do you see as the top three issues facing the state and nation over the next two years?

The top three issues facing this state and our nation include the following:

  1. Protecting our democracy. This includes guarding our constitutional rights and freedoms
  2. Public Safety
  3. Economic justice and stability.

Do you believe Joe Biden is the legitimately elected president of the United States?

  • Yes
  • In light of the Supreme Court ruling striking down Roe v. Wade, would you propose or support additional laws either banning abortion entirely or guaranteeing reproductive rights?

    I will do everything in my power to guarantee reproductive freedoms consistent with the tenants of Roe v. Wade. The independence and progress enjoyed by women post Roe was warranted and represents the epitome of equal justice for all. Protecting women’s rights will be a top priority for me as Attorney General.

    The Florida Constitution gives us a right to privacy and it is on those legal grounds that I will stand. The government is not informed enough about the intricacies associated with healthcare and nor should they be. It violates the constitutional boundaries of privacy. I will fight every day to end the extreme and radical legislation that harms women.

    How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot?

    The Attorney General represents the voice of the people. Learning the voice takes time. It also requires a genuine heart to listen and connect with the people. My entire career has been built on a foundation of caring for humanity and fighting for justice.

    My personal experience and professional background stands out as exactly what Florida needs right now. I am a fighter with courage to stand up to the establishment and corporate interests. I am a proven leader with a history of positive results from policies I implemented. I have insight and understand the need to function with clear vision and precision. The diversity I represent reflects the rich diversity of this state. My fight as a woman, especially in this defining moment, is unique and necessary. No one will fight like a woman who knows our rights and freedoms are under attack.

    I have honorably served my family, my profession, and my community. I am now ready to serve the people of the great state of Florida as the next Attorney General.

    What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?

    • An unwavering commitment to justice and safety.

    Campaign website: aramisayala.com

    Campaign’s social media site(s): facebook.com/aramisayalafl | twitter.com/AramisAyalaFL | instagram.com/AramisAyalaFL


    Jim Lewis

    Jim Lewis

    Occupation: Trial attorney/ Adjunct Law Professor

    Age: 64

    Your family: Married, with 4 gRoen children, 1 stepchild and 1 granddaughter

    Education: A graduate of Orlando Edgewater high school, the University of Central Florida, and Stetson University Law School.

    Political experience: None

    We asked our most-loyal viewers (News4Jax Insiders) what three issues they would most like candidates to address:

    Viewers’ No. 1 issue: The economy

    • We need lower taxes on working people and more taxation of large corporations and wealthy individuals. We need to get inflation under control without diving into a recession. We in state government need to give incentives to out of state companies to move to Florida with good jobs.

    Viewers’ No. 2 issue: Voter rights/election integrity

    • We do not need any new legislation, we just need to make sure everybody has the right to vote, and that there is no widespread fraud. I support mail-in voting, early voting, and keeping the polls open on election day as long as people are in line.

    Viewers’ No. 3 issue: Gun rights/gun safety

    • It’s well past time to ban assault rifles, AR 15, AK 47,and similar. I am against the proposed open carry legislation, we need less guns on the street and better background checks for the purchase of guns and concealed weapons permits.

    News4Jax asked each candidate three additional questions to help voters determine which most agrees with their views:

    What do you see as the top three issues facing the state and nation over the next two years?

    1. Right of citizens to privacy, including a woman’s right to choose abortion.
    2. Climate change, are we going to cut down on fossil fuels or are we just gonna let Florida sink it’s the ocean.
    3. Public corruption, money controlled everything, voters pay to play, and we need to take money out of politics to protect our democracy from special interests.

    Do you believe Joe Biden is the legitimately elected president of the United States?

    • Yes

    In light of the Supreme Court ruling striking down Roe v. Wade, would you propose or support additional laws either banning abortion entirely or guaranteeing reproductive rights?

    • We should be guaranteeing reproductive rights and a woman’s right to choose.

    How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot?

    • My experience as a prosecutor for 12 years and a criminal trial attorney for 30 gives me experience in criminal justice that will guide me to make the right decisions. I can work with police to make them better, better vetted, better trained, and better able to keep us all as safe as possible. I will also make sure the criminal justice system is fair and that innocent people don’t go to jail.

    What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?

    • That I kept Floridians safe and free. As Florida’s top cop I will work with police and prosecutors to cut down on crime and help the mentally ill, drug addicted folks, and the houseless get real help so they don’t become part of the prison population. We need those prison beds for violent and repeat offenders.

    Campaign website: JimLewis4Florida.com

    Campaign’s social media site(s): JimLewis4Florida


    Daniel Uhlfelder

    Daniel Uhlfelder

    Occupation: Attorney, Business Owner

    Age: 49

    Your family: Wife Michelle, son Henry, daughter Daisy

    Education: Leon High School, Tallahassee, Florida 1990 Stanford University, B.A., 1993 University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1996

    Political experience: (No response)

    News4Jax asked each candidate three additional questions to help voters determine which most agrees with their views:

    Viewers’ No. 1 issue: The economy

    • Florida’s economy has long been stacked against working families, but with rising costs, it’s reached a crisis point. The Attorney General’s Office should be used to fight for consumer protections—to get more money in the hands of struggling Floridians. That means taking on utility companies like Florida Power & Light who are causing our rates to skyrocket. It means taking on oil companies who are gouging the price of gas, corporate real estate developers who are raising rent, and insurance companies who have jacked up property insurance to crisis levels. That is what I will be focused on as attorney general.

    Viewers’ No. 2 issue: Voter rights/election integrity

    • Voting rights are under attack across this country, including here in Florida. The current attorney general, Ashley Moody, took a leading role in trying to overturn the legitimate 2020 election, joining Texas’ Attorney General in a lawsuit asking the Supreme Court to invalidate the election. Moody served on the board of the Rule of Law Defense Fund, which urged people to join the Capitol insurrection. Republican legislators are creating electoral districts to favor themselves through gerrymanders, and it’s time to put a stop to it. We deserve an attorney general who will always fight to protect and expand the right to vote.

    Viewers’ No. 3 issue: Gun rights/gun safety

    • Ten years ago, 20 children were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. Four years ago, 17 children were shot and killed at Stoneman Douglas High School. In May, 14 children were shot and killed at Robb Elementary School. This will keep happening if we don’t do something now. Unregulated access to military grade weapons always ends in tragedy. It’s time that Congress passed an assault weapons ban. The first step to combating violent crime is instituting background checks for those attempting to buy a firearm, requiring training and a permit, and stopping the illegal trafficking of untraceable ghost guns. The current Florida Government will do nothing to address gun violence. If we want change in Florida, we have to vote for it.

    News4Jax asked each candidate three additional questions to help voters determine which most agrees with their views:

    What do you see as the top three issues facing the state and nation over the next two years?

    • The top three issues facing the voters right now are building an economy that works for everyday Floridians (driving down utility rates, gas prices, rent, and property insurance), defending democracy from GOP assaults, and standing up for women’s rights and reproductive freedom.

    Do you believe Joe Biden is the legitimately elected president of the United States?

    • Like anyone who makes judgments based on facts, yes.

    In light of the Supreme Court ruling striking down Roe v. Wade, would you propose or support additional laws either banning abortion entirely or guaranteeing reproductive rights?

    • When the draft decision leaked in May, I made my stance clear without any hesitation: I will never investigate nor prosecute someone for getting or providing an abortion. If Florida passes a total abortion ban, I will use every power as attorney general to refuse to enforce it. The Supreme Court made the wrong decision. Congress failed to protect us. Now, this fight comes to the states. The attorney general can be a firewall to prevent the enforcement of any ban. If I am attorney general, I will do everything I can to keep patients and doctors safe.

    How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot?

    For years, I’ve watched Ron DeSantis and Republican lawmakers run our state into the ground. And I have fought back. My relentlessness in opposing Governor DeSantis has gone so far that the media has referred to me as his “chief tormentor.”

    I’ve dedicated my life to fighting for civil rights, often in unconventional ways. So yes, when I saw thousands of Floridians dying from this horrific pandemic, I put on a grim reaper costume to draw attention to the fact that—as long as the beaches remained open during spring break—tourists would continue to pour into Florida and infection rates and deaths would soar. Since then, I have continued opposing DeSantis’ authoritarian agenda, including making national news for fighting the book bannings sweeping Florida. I never shy away from a tough fight; it’s in my DNA.

    On the other hand, it is clear that Ashley Moody views her job as being Ron DeSantis’ personal attorney. This is a job for a tough lawyer—not a political hack. I’m ready to go to work on day 1 as the people’s attorney.

    What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?

    • I want to wake up every day and go to work fighting for everyday Floridians. Whether it’s clamping down on corruption in Tallahassee or coming after corporations who are jacking up prices, I believe this office can be an incredible force of good. No matter who the governor is, I will always be relentless in pursuit of justice for Florida families. I hope to be remembered as an attorney general who held the powerful accountable and who made Florida more affordable for working families. That’s what we deserve out of this office.

    Campaign website: danielforag.com

    Campaign’s social media site(s): twitter.com/DWUhlfelderLaw | facebook.com/DanielForAG


      REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE
    Ashley Moody

    Ashley Moody

    The current Florida Attorney is seeking a second term. She has not responded to email and telephone invitations to submit the News4Jax candidate questionnaire. Her answers will be added promptly if the questionnaire is returned at any point prior to election day.

    Campaign website: ashleymoody.com